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Understanding Jacob’s Teachings about Plural Marriage from a Law of Moses Context
|Title||Understanding Jacob’s Teachings about Plural Marriage from a Law of Moses Context|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Baird, Brian J.|
|Journal||Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture|
|Keywords||Jacob (Son of Lehi); Law of Moses; Levirate Marriage; Marriage; Plural Marriage; Polygamy|
This paper reviews the Book of Mormon prophet Jacob’s proscription against plural marriage, arguing that the verses in Jacob 2:24–30 should be interpreted in a Law of Moses context regarding levirate marriage, by which a man was responsible for marrying his dead brother’s wife if that brother died before having an heir. I also review how these verses have been used in arguments for and against plural marriage, and how levirate marriage practices worked in Mosaic tradition.
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